A criminal case in which four people are charged with disturbing a religious service at a church in the southeastern district of Salcininkai last year has been sent to a court, prosecutors said on Thursday.
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The criminal investigation was opened after three actors dressed in religious clothing -- Vitalijus Cololo, Mindaugas Papinigis and Ainis Storpirstis -- walked into in the church in Turgeliai, a small town in the Salcininkai district, during the Mass of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary last August to advertise their Zero Live Show.

The actors, who spoke Polish, told those gathered for the service about the upcoming show and offered them roll-ups.

The investigation revealed that the actors performed according to the script written by Emilis Velyvis, the director of the show.

The indictment says that the organizers and performers of the advertising campaign deliberately tried to disturb the religious ceremony in that particular church, which is attended by many ethnic Poles.

Under the Criminal Code, disturbance of religious ceremonies or religious celebrations is punishable by community service, a fine, restriction of liberty or arrest.

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